Does A Refreshed Work Space Increase Team Morale?
November 27, 2019
A new commercial paint job is powerful and can help boost team morale in nearly any workspace. The power of color is a tool that’s used to enhance and improve the way employees interact with customers and with each other.
If you’re in an office, refreshed color can help brainstorming and business development. If you’re in a storefront, it can boost customer mood and increase buying patterns.
To take advantage of the power of color to refresh a commercial workspace, it requires research into color psychology and how people interact with certain colors.
Colors, patterns, and textures all subtly affect how people interact and communicate. Here’s how to refresh a workspace with color to increase team morale.
Learn Which Colors Increase Team Morale
After you determine why you’d like to refresh the workspace, think about how you’re going to do that. Color, pattern, and texture are great subtle ideas to increase team morale and boost positive interactions between employees.
For example, if you’re looking for a creative, balanced team of innovators, choose green. Green is a calming color that promotes harmony and balance and enhances creative performance, according to a study in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
If you’re looking for a communicative, trustworthy team of hardworking employees, try blue. This calming color promotes communication, trust, and efficiency while opening the mind to new ideas. In the workplace, blue is a great color choice for brainstorming rooms, according to a study by the University of British Columbia.
To further this point, a national survey of 1,000 office workers found blue to be their preferred hue, according to Sherwin-Williams. Also, O’Leary said that blue “has a calming effect on the nervous system.”
At Cochran & Mann, it’s a choice color among our leadership team. Cochran & Mann President Mike Cochran prefers Benjamin Moore Van Deusen Blue, and Controller Kathy Sloan likes Benjamin Moore Dark Royal Blue. Senior Project Managers Tom Shoemaker, Charlie Turrell, and Keith McDonald prefer PPG Paints Safety Blue, Sherwin-Williams Blue Nile, and Sherwin-Williams Loyal Blue respectively.
Learn Which Colors Decrease Team Morale
If you’re looking to boost team morale in a workspace, skip gray. The color is “psychologically neutral”, suppressive, lacks energy, and prepares employees for hibernation, according to Colour Affects, a London-based color psychology consultant.
“Heavy use of gray [fosters] a lack of confidence and even depression. This color should be used in small amounts in an office and offset by a brighter color, such as red or yellow,” according to Fast Company.
If you’re in a high-anxiety environment, avoid yellow. Too much of this bright sunshine tone is overstimulating and causes anxiety. Studies show that employees are more likely to lose their temper in yellow conference rooms.
However, yellow is a great accent color for creative teams where mental stimulation is key. Artists, graphic designers, and writers all benefit from this fun hue. Instead of using it as the main color, yellow should be “amidst a calming sea of blue to help encourage...focus and direction,” according to Christa O’Leary from Forbes.
Blue with a hint of yellow is a great choice to refresh a workspace and boost team creativity. Cochran & Mann Senior Estimator Lisa Palmer prefers Sherwin-Williams Hearts of Palm.
How To Refresh A Workspace
A refreshed commercial workspace boosts team morale, productivity, and buying patterns if you invest in color and texture. Color is a subtle yet powerful tool that increases workspace cohesion and creativity. Find a commercial painting company like Cochran & Mann to help you refresh and get the most out of your workspace.
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